Top 10 Golf & Spa Getaways
- Published: Wednesday, March 30th 2011
- in Fitness
Golfers, spa-goers, and everyone in between, get your golf game and your spa-ing attitude ready! At these getaway resorts, championship courses mix with top-level spas, and fine dining, gracious accommodations, and an array of recreational opportunities round out the experience. Hit the links, then head to the spa to ease your tired muscles – these golf and spa properties will fit you to a tee.
Here are the top 10 spas awarded “best for golf” by SpaFinder readers:
The Fairmont Banff Springs (Banff, Alberta, Canada)
Following your golf game on the property’s 27-hole championship course, have your caddie direct you to the Willow Stream Spa for a healing hydrotherapy treatment. The 38,000-square-foot spa is built around a mineral aquatic area comprising a saltwater lap pool, European mineral pool, plunge pools, waterfalls, and more.
The Fairmont Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
An 18-hole course with waterfront fairways and a 20,000-square-foot spa nestled amidst a tropical jungle-and-lagoon landscape blend to make this Playa del Carmen property an amazing golf and spa getaway. The 10,000-square-foot Pool Island free-form pool, with a swim-up bar and waterslide, doesn’t hurt either.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, AZ)
Game for a good time? Try the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: This AAA Five-Diamond resort features a pair of championship-level TPC golf courses, a golf concierge, a Willow Stream Spa, two fitness centers, an adults-only rooftop pool, and a comprehensive Tennis Club.
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Play a round at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, featuring 45 holes of championship golf, before retreating to the 20,000-square-foot spa for a signature treatment. The century-inspired spa menu, which includes a medley of massage modalities, showcases wellness therapies derived from the 17th century to present day.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort (Miami, FL)
At Doral, a selection of five championship courses, including the TPC Blue Monster, home to the PGA Tour for more than 45 years, and a private lesson with a professional from the Jim McLean Golf School will leave you feeling like Jack Nicklaus. The famed Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa is also here.
Cordevalle, A Rosewood Resort (San Martin, CA)
The Sense Spa ®, where services are inspired by the wine-growing region and treatment rooms feature private gardens, is the perfect cool down after a round on Cordevalle’s 18-hole championship golf course, nestled on 260-plus rolling acres of pastoral Northern California valley.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
The fairways or the spa first? With the resort’s 18-hole course on the tip of Peninsula Papagayo, ranked one of the best outside of the U.S. by Golf Digest, and an indigenous-inspired spa menu (some treatments use mineral-rich rainforest muds!), it’s going to be tough choice.
La Quinta Resort & Club (La Quinta, CA)
You’ll be in golfers’ heaven, with five championship courses, designed by sports icons Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman, along with the Jim McLean Golf School. Throw in a relaxing spa treatment at the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta for good measure after a game.
PGA National Resort and Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
On the green or at the spa, a visit to this resort is sure to be a hit. Golf legends have hit the links here during tournaments like the 25th Ryder Cup and Honda Classic; playtime can also be had at the 40,000-square-foot spa, which highlights a collection of therapeutic mineral pools.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach, CA)
Have a ball at the famous Lodge at Pebble Beach, which envelops the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here, guests can tee off on the award-winning site of prestigious tournaments like the U.S. Open; following a game, the Spa at Pebble Beach offers game-inspired treatments like the Sports Bodywork massage, Sports Pedicure, and Post-Golf Therapy.
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